Social care - direct payments
Anybody who has been assessed as needing help from Adult Social Care has a right to be considered for direct payments. These people include:
- Older people
- Parents of a child with a disability
- People with a disability aged 16 and over
- People with mental health needs
- People with learning disabilities
Direct payments are paid directly to the person. These payments are designed to give people more freedom and independence over how money is used to provide support.
How is the amount I receive calculated?
If you are assessed to pay a contribution towards your care costs, the amount of money you receive will depend on the level of support you need and will not differ if you decide to choose direct payments.
Direct payments are not treated as income, so are not taxable. For this reason they do not affect any benefits you may receive.
How can I find out more?
For further information about Direct Payments, please contact your care manager or visit the Department of Health website.
You can also contact us using the details on this page, or you can fill in our Direct Payments online enquiry form and we will respond as soon as possible.